Local News

  • Trash a problem on Pekoma Road

    The decision by the Roane County Commission Monday to abandon a portion of Pekoma Road in Philadelphia doesn’t solve the problem of trash that has been dumped alongside the remote road, Kelly Price said.

    “I want the road closed, but I don’t think it’s my responsibility to clean it up,” the area resident said.

    Price told the Commission that garbage, including old tires, television sets and even a couch, has been piling up along both sides of the road for years.

  • Hickman heads up recreation

    A candidate for Harriman City Council is dropping out of the race with a whole new role for the city in mind.

    Allen Hickman was announced as the new Harriman recreation director at the Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday.

    It’s a good fit, considering why he wanted to run for Council.

    “The main reason I wanted to get elected was to help rec,” said Hickman.

    “I want to do as much as I can. I just want to serve our community, whatever capacity that may be.

  • Zumbathon to raise money to fight cancer

    Anyone looking for a high-energy way of raising money for Relay for Life might consider the second annual Relay for Life Zumbathon.

    Led by Paulette Peters Ray of Zumba Fitness with Paulette, the event will be 6 to 8 p.m. April 23, at the Roane State Community College Gym.

    Other instructors will include Breigh Burns, Callie Crye, Haylee Cunningham, Kimberley Clemmer, Liz Harding, Kay Houser, Miguelito Juan, Marge Thompson and Melinda Wolfe.

  • Rockwood gets a clean bill of finance health

    Auditors had a lot to praise at a recent Rockwood City Council meeting — not only because the city had no findings in its audit, but also for the city’s efforts in building up its once-dismal fund balance.

    Richard Hill, with Mitchell, Emert & Hill, said the city closed the 2015 fiscal year with a general fund balance of $717,000, about a $116,000 gain from the previous year’s end.

  • State fund designated for victims of violent crimes

    National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 10-16, and Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr. reminds the public about a fund designed to help innocent victims of violent crimes in the state.

    The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund serves victims who have no other means of helping to defray the costs of eligible expenses, including medical bills, mental health counseling, and lost wages.

  • 8,000-plus expected at Windrock Spring Jamboree

    A convoy of all-terrain vehicles and RVs will be making their way to Oliver Springs starting Thursday for Windrock Park’s 2016 Spring Jamboree.

    “It’s a lot of fun,” Windrock Park General Store Manager Connie Wadley said. “People get real excited for this. We’ve got mud bogs that people really like along with drag races and guided rides.

    “This is a good way for people to meet other people that enjoy doing the same thing. It’s also very family-oriented. The whole family can enjoy this.”

  • Treatment byproduct traces in HUB, Roane Central water

    Trihalomethanes are a byproduct of disinfecting water that can be cause for concern if they reach certain levels.

    Harriman Utility Board’s single violation in this year’s water quality report was related to the locational running annual average of trihalomethane levels being at 80.93 parts per billion at one testing location in 2014.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level is 80 parts per billion.

  • Harriman paving two streets in public housing developments

    Harriman City Council is now looking to pave two city streets in the Harriman Housing Authority public housing communities.

    Bennett Circle and Crestview Avenue have been added to the list of roads city officials hope to pave with a portion of $2 million in money the city borrowed.

    “I’m very excited for us and the residents,” said Amy Hall, Harriman Housing Authority director.

    “It’s going to make the city look better.”

  • Sitzlar ‘ready now’ for director

    Shelia Sitzlar recalls getting a phone call four years ago from then outgoing Roane County director of schools Toni McGriff.

    “She said, ‘Are you going to apply for that job?’” Sitzlar remembers. “I said, ‘No,’ and she said, ‘Why not?’ I said, ‘Because I’m not ready.’”

    Sitzlar, the principal at Kingston Elementary School, doesn’t feel that way anymore.

    She was one of three people the Roane County Board of Education interviewed for the director of schools job on Monday.


    Two teens escaped from Roane Academy on Monday.

    Omni Visions President and CEO Steve Norris said they got away by climbing over the perimeter fence.

    “It’s unfortunate and I hate it, but it is what it is,” Norris said.

    The incident was reported to dispatch at 2:19 p.m.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded and apprehended one of the escapees at 3:18 p.m. The other was captured at 4:20 p.m.